This video was posted in the comments under my Friday Tidbits piece, and has taken on a life of its own. So I decided to bring it front and center. It is loaded, and I mean loaded, with oddball things, but what caught my eye most was the appearance of original Paul McCartney, but only in brief shots, a few seconds each. He is mocking the Beatlemania days, doing the headbanging and woooos, all the while playing left-handed bass. Take a look at the screencap below the fold. The guy I say is Beatlemania Paul is circled in orange.
I mentioned to Michael Ludwig in our exchange under that post that the following photo could not be what I initially thought it was, two Paul’s.
I suggested to Michael that these two were so professionally managed that the two of them being in one photo would never get by the censors. The guy squatting down in the middle is definitely Mike (cowlick apparent), but I am not certain of the one on the left. This was, however, what got me thinking of Paul McCartney as a set of twins.
Take a look again at the Coming Up screencap above. I am thinking that they did indeed put both Mike and Paul in the same scene and together. Since it was 1980, Paul is Dead was in full bloom, so I think in the Coming Up video they are just having some good, clean fun. It is well done with high production values, and the way Beatlemania Paul is mugging for the camera is delightful. (I think he is also in close-up cuts of the drummer)
Here are a couple of screen grabs:
Judge for your self, and by all means, have fun!
In the fall of 1969 radio disc jockey Russell Gibb, WKNR-FM in Detroit, received a phone call from “Tom,” who told him that Paul McCartney had died and had been replaced in 1966 by a lookalike. Thus began a cottage industry that continues to this day, now called “PID”, or Paul is Dead.
But no! It’s 1980 and he’s alive!!! He’s alive!!!
There is some discussion about who the lead singer is, some saying he too is Paul, but in my judgment, it is Mike. The wraparound eyebrows are probably the makeup department. The face is narrower, but the thing I notice most about Mike in all these countless hours of study I’ve done on the subject is that he is so comfortable in his skin. On stage, he flows like butter, a natural performer. That is what I am seeing in this video, smooth as silk Mike.
I am sure there is plenty of other stuff in this video I am missing. Tyrone mentioned a Buddy Holly homage, and I see that. He also thinks the lead singer is Paul, and that the drummer might be [a riff on] Ginger Baker. All I can say is that in the early days, it was very difficult to tell Paul and Mike apart, and he could be right about that, I could be wrong.
No face chopping today. That’s work, and would spoil the fun.